This Tuesday, August 4th, hundreds of Twin Cities neighborhoods are coming together to celebrate National Night Out. While there are many places to explore and things to do throughout the summer with your family, it’s also great to stay close to home to get to know your neighbors and community leaders better.
National Night Out is celebrated in thousands of communities across the country on the first Tuesday in August, and for the past few years, the Twin Cities has ranked one of the best metropolitan areas for participation in the Night to Unite. Gatherings range from small neighborhood potlucks to large community events and fundraisers. While National Night Out is meant to encourage neighbors and their families to come together to create stronger, healthier communities, local law enforcement also attend many gatherings to let their communities know that they are working hard to keep neighborhoods safe.
There are many events going on in the Twin Cities this year for National Night Out. Participating neighborhoods block off parts of their streets so families can safely gather to visit over hot dogs and potato salad. Local police officers and firefighters make stops throughout the area to visit with children, strengthen community partnerships, and heighten awareness of crime prevention in our neighborhoods. And a variety of local organizations also invite neighbors to learn more about what they offer to the community over ice cream socials and other fun activities.
While it won’t be difficult to find a place to celebrate National Night Out tomorrow evening, Twin Cities Kids Club has compiled a list of events you may want to consider checking out if you’re in the area. Here are a few of the many gatherings that will take place in the Twin Cities:
Joseph’s Grill is located on the corner of Wabasha St. and Plato Blvd. in St. Paul. From 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., the restaurant will host its third annual National Night Out Classic Car Show. Neighbors are invited to walk around and look at all of the cars while listening to some live “rock & roll” music provided by The Wayback Whens band.
Saint James Lutheran Church invites all neighbors and families to attend their annual Night to Unite gathering off of Annapolis Street and Cherokee Avenue in West St. Paul. This gathering is one of the biggest National Night Out events in West St. Paul. This year, guests will enjoy live music, free ice cream, and the chance to win prizes. Saint James is also hosting a live Angry Birds game! The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the whole community is invited.
Target Field Station National Night Out Party in Minneapolis
From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., families are invited to head over to the Target Field Amphitheater off of 5th Ave. N. and 5th St. N. in Minneapolis to meet neighbors and enjoy a variety of fun activities. After bouncing around in an inflatable jumper, families may relax to some live music while filling up on cold drinks, hot dogs and brats.
The Mill District is hosting its National Night Out party from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Chicago Plaza (located between the Guthrie and Spoonriver). Neighbors will have the opportunity to visit over food and drinks while listening to live music.
Prior to attending neighborhood block parties, the City of Maple Grove invites folks to a National Night Out Kickoff Event from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. The event will have food, entertainment and other activities. Families will also be able to meet local police officers and firefighters.
At 11:00 a.m., folks are invited to attend the Business Watch Picnic at Kelley Park. The park is located at 6855 Fortino Street, and the event will feature a variety of food trucks. At the picnic, guests will have an opportunity to network and win prizes. In the evening, neighbors will gather for smaller block parties and may even receive a visit from their local police officers, firefighters and McGruff the Crime Dog.
Twin Cities Kids Club values our strong communities and good neighbors, and we hope you all have experienced how supportive your communities and neighbors are as well. Don’t know where your neighborhood is celebrating tomorrow’s Night to Unite? Check out this list of Minneapolis events, this list of St. Paul events, or visit your favorite neighborhood’s Facebook page. Happy National Night Out!